Manila Bulletin

Ar­gen­tine KO artist wants to fight Pac­quiao

- By NICK GIONGCO MANNY PAC­QUIAO

The list of fight­ers be­ing eyed to face Manny Pac­quiao next year is get­ting longer.

Add the name of Ar­gen­tine knock­out king Lu­cas Matthysse to the grow­ing list, ac­cord­ing to Top Rank chief Bob Arum.

Matthysse, 32, is fight­ing Vik­tor Pos­tol of Ukraine next month and a win should strengthen his po­si­tion to land the lu­cra­tive pay­day that Arum is plan­ning to stage in March or April of 2016.

Arum is look­ing at three names for Pac­quiao: Amir Khan and Kell Brook, both from Eng­land, and Ter­ence Craw­ford of the US.

Craw­ford is also on the pri­or­ity list since he fights un­der Arum’s pro­mo­tional out­fit.

Matthysse has a 37-3 win-loss record with 34 KOs and is the type of guy who could make Pac­quiao look sen­sa­tional as the South Amer­i­can loves to slug, a trait that the Filipino icon wants from his foes.

“A very big fight with Pac­quiao would be my goal. I want to keep fight­ing the best fight­ers, in my di­vi­sion and in the game,” Matthysse told the LA Times a cou­ple of days ago.

Ex­ploratory talks with the camp of Khan had started as early as last month when Arum made a trip to Lon­don.

While Pac­quiao is crav­ing for a re­match with Floyd May­weather, the brash Amer­i­can who beat him on points last May, it doesn’t look as though it would come into fruition since May­weather has made it clear that his re­cent vic­tory over An­dre Berto was his last fight.

“Whether there is a sec­ond (bout with May­weather), it’s not a prob­lem. I heard he’s re­tired, so it doesn’t mat­ter,” Pac­quiao told the As­so­ci­ated Press.

Pac­quiao wants Arum to hold his come­back fight not later than the sec­ond week of April so he can cam­paign in the na­tional elec­tions set in May, Arum told box­ingscene.

It could not yet be de­ter­mined if Pac­quiao, who turns 37 on Dec. 17, will go for the po­si­tion of gover­nor of Sarangani or run for a Se­nate seat.

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Miguel Tabuena puts on another show of solid shot­mak­ing, fir­ing a 4-un­der 68 to grab the lead half­way through the Azu­car­era de Tar­lac Open at the Luisita Golf and Coun­try Club in Tar­lac.
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